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The sticker bindi revolution was probably the last major shift in bindi style. And they are still around though you are more likely to find women wearing the “neutral” red/maroon/black round bindis on an everyday basis. And often no bindi … Continue reading
There are plenty of examples of clothes from the West that make use of Indian textiles, at least from the Regency period onwards. Examples include muslin, paisley shawls, 1950s dresses and cotton gauze dresses of the 70s and 80s. There … Continue reading
The most common colors on the market are the kind you cannot name, the not quite blues, not quite grays and the not quite yellows that are used only for background and referred to as neutral colors, camouflage, “civilized colors,” … Continue reading
For very many reasons Bollywood is Indian cinema. Now and then regional cinema makes a splash – especially at the National Awards – but for the most part the audiences are local. You could however argue that all the interesting … Continue reading
Pic 1: Nandalal Bose, Evening, 1941. Pic 2: Girl in a Forest, Allah Bux, 1963. [X] Pic 1: Girl from Chotanagpur (1956) Pic 2: One of a series taken of a Santhal festival in Santiniketan. Via Shibaditya Ray. The original … Continue reading
Gharara/Sharara…still confused by the many definitions. Raghu adds a few more explanations to 1950s hairstyles. Bengal’s laterite soil makes for Japanese dye. Please admire Waheeda – X and X.
Click for larger view. 1. Nauvari and Nath girls looking very lovely, Somaiya College, Mumbai. Taken on the college’s “Traditional Day”. 2. Mochi (cobbler) in Mumbai. She is not alone: Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ernakulam, 3. Anklet wearing schoolgirls. Taken in Bengaluru. … Continue reading
The blue shawl first, a canopy of blue, The Face, Conrad Aiken New Kangra Painting and Girl with Blue Shawl by Wink Willett.
The people of Pataliputra* dressed well in flowered muslins embroidered with jewels, and an umbrella was carried by an attendant behind the head of a noble when he went into the road. Kleitarchus, however, found that in other, poorer parts … Continue reading